Petersfield pupils use business skills to raise cash for Sam

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ENTERPRISING youngsters used their business acumen to raise £1,500 for charities dedicated to a former pupil who died unexpectedly during a trip to India.

Cakes, jewellery and CDs were just some of the items made by children at Dunhurst, Bedales Junior School in Petersfield, in aid of Sam Banks’ memorial pavilion and the Sam Banks Memorial Fund, which provides bursaries for Bangladeshis to study photography.

Sam, an aspiring film-maker from Steep, died suddenly after contracting a bowel infection while travelling with friends in 2010.

Dunhurst headteacher Jane Grubb said: ‘This is an impressive amount and all the pupils who gave their time and energy, not to mention their imagination and considerable business acumen, should be proud of what they have achieved.’

Dunhurst boys and girls had been given £10 to start their businesses which all returned healthy profits.

Sam’s mother Louise added: ‘I’ve been very touched by the children’s efforts.

‘Their various mini businesses have shown a great sense of enterprise and creativity.’